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July 30, 2013

Local News in Brief | Authorities probe fatal accident

STOYSTOWN — One person died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash in Somerset County, authorities said.

State police are investigating the crash, which happened near a construction site at routes 30 and 281 in the Stoystown area, a Somerset 911 dispatcher said.

The crash was reported at 5:24 p.m. The county coroner was called to the scene.

Paving to start on Route 879

Work is set to begin today on repaving of five miles of Route 879 in Pavia Township to the Cambria County line, PennDOT announced Tuesday.

During construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane during work hours and controlled by flaggers. Delays are anticipated, PennDOT spokeswoman Tara Callahan-Henry said.

The $1.8 million project will be completed by Grannas Brothers Stone and Asphalt Co. Inc. of Hollidaysburg and will involve milling, bituminous base repairs, shoulder upgrades, leveling and wearing courses of bituminous pavement, guard rail upgrades and inlet installation.

A 2.6 mile section of Route 1042, known as Cross Cove Road, from Route 867 to the Blair County line is included in the contract.

All work is expected to be completed by mid-September, Callahan-Henry said.

Firefighters douse apartment blaze

Johnstown fire crews extinguished a fire late Monday in a second-floor apartment on Park Avenue.

Crews arrived to find a bedroom fire at in the 700 block of Park Avenue and were able to douse it before it spread, fire Chief Anthony Kovacic said.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Birthright moves office

Birthright of Johnstown Inc.,  an interfaith, nonprofit, crisis pregnancy support service, has moved its operations to 216 Di­bert St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

The organization has served more than 9,000 women and their children in its 32 years of service to the community.

Birthright’s 24-hour hot line number is 800-550-4900.

Enrollment opens for ACRP child care

The Alternative Community Resource Program’s Child Care Center is enrolling children ages 2 to 5 for the 2013-2014 school year.

The center encourages age-appropriate experiences with adult support and guidance to help children develop social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills.

The center is at 317 Power St. (the former West End Catholic Elementary School) in the Cam­bria City section of Johns­town.

The center offers a safe drop-off and pick-up area, a security system and large rooms with child-size equipment.

To enroll a child or to receive more information, call Debbie Pridgen at 361-2414, ext. 153 or 128.

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